Fennel Lamb Burgers with Peri Peri Romesco Sauce Recipe

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Take burgers on a bold flavor adventure by preparing them with ground lamb, toasted fennel seed and preserved lemon. Forgo the usual condiments and serve with Peri-Peri Romesco Sauce. Romesco is a versatile sauce from Spain made with roasted red peppers and almonds.
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  • 3 tablespoons McCormick® Fennel Seed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped preserved lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 3 whole wheat pita breads, toasted and halved
  • Peri-Peri Romesco Sauce:
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons peri-peri sauce
20 mins
10 mins
1. Heat small skillet on medium heat. Add fennel seed; cook and stir 1 minute or until fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting. Finely crush seeds using a rolling pin or a mortar and pestle. Reserve 1 tablespoon for the Romesco Sauce.

2. Mix remaining fennel seed and egg in large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the parsley, onion, bread crumbs, preserved lemon and pepper; mix until well blended. Add lamb; mix gently. Shape into 6 patties.

3. For the Romesco Sauce, place garlic in blender or small food processor; cover. Process until chopped. Add roasted red pepper, almonds, remaining 1/4 cup parsley, oil, peri-peri sauce and reserved crushed toasted fennel seed; cover. Process until smooth. Set aside.

4. Grill burgers over medium heat to desired doneness. (For medium doneness, cook 4 to 5 minutes per side.) Serve in pita breads with baby spinach or other greens, and cucumber and tomato slices. Serve with Peri-Peri Romesco Sauce.

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Preserved Lemons can be easily made at home. They can also be purchased in specialty food stores and Middle Eastern markets.


  • Peri-peri sauce is a fiery chile sauce with origins in Portugal and Africa. It is often used as a marinade for chicken or shrimp, or as a condiment. It can be purchased in gourmet markets or online specialty stores.
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Nutrition (per serving)
Calories: 368 Calories
Fat: 20 Grams
Protein: 20 Grams
Cholesterol: 86 Milligrams
Carbohydrates: 27 Grams
Sodium: 473 Milligrams
Fiber: 4 Grams

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